California Bill Would Allow Terminally Ill Patients to Use Cannabis in Hospitals

California cannabis activists gathered with state Sen. Ben Hueso in front of a state government building in downtown San Diego on Friday to garner support for Senate Bill 305, The Compassionate Access to Cannabis Act. If passed, the bill would allow terminally ill patients with a doctor’s authorization to use cannabis medications in health care facilities. Continue reading “California Bill Would Allow Terminally Ill Patients to Use Cannabis in Hospitals”

Illinois Lawmakers Approve Measure To Allow Medical Marijuana As Prescription Painkiller Substitute

Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure not only to allow medical marijuana to be used in place of prescription painkillers, but to eliminate requirements for patients to get fingerprints and criminal background checks. Continue reading “Illinois Lawmakers Approve Measure To Allow Medical Marijuana As Prescription Painkiller Substitute”

Doctors From Illinois Are Fighting For Medical Marijuana To Replace Opioids

As a prominent Chicago surgeon, Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph sees them all too frequently: people who endure severe injuries or multiple surgeries, only to become addicted to prescription painkillers.

One patient who pleaded for help was on such strong drugs already that Bush-Joseph knew he couldn’t handle more surgery without dangerously high levels of opioids. Continue reading “Doctors From Illinois Are Fighting For Medical Marijuana To Replace Opioids”

Pharma CEO who funded anti-marijuana campaign accused of giving docs kickbacks to prescribe opioids

U.S. prosecutors leveled charges Thursday against the billionaire founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing prescriptions of powerful painkillers amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year.

The fraud and racketeering case against Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor came the same day President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. Continue reading “Pharma CEO who funded anti-marijuana campaign accused of giving docs kickbacks to prescribe opioids”

Missouri sues three big pharma companies for “campaign of fraud and deception”

Helen Fabick was an honors student who in February 2014 was supposed to attend a daddy-daughter dance at her high school. Instead, her father found the 17-year-old dead in her bed.

“If this sounds like a nightmare, it has definitely been a nightmare for our family,” Helen’s mother, Jammie Fabick, said during a news conference Wednesday with Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. Continue reading “Missouri sues three big pharma companies for “campaign of fraud and deception””

“He lied to me”: Trump’s budget lets down families hit by drug addiction crisis

He slept next to his son’s ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump.

In a hall packed with Iowa voters, the presidential candidate looked the middle-aged truck driver in the eye and vowed to fight the opioid crisis that killed his only son two years earlier. Continue reading ““He lied to me”: Trump’s budget lets down families hit by drug addiction crisis”

How Many Prescriptions Are Replaced by Cannabis? Canada Study Explores an Answer

In the US, we’ve seen a marked drop in opioid overdoses in legal states, prodding the question of whether patients are replacing their prescription medicines with cannabis. Recent survey data collected from patients enrolled in Canada’s MMPR program indicates this may be more than just a correlation. Continue reading “How Many Prescriptions Are Replaced by Cannabis? Canada Study Explores an Answer”

Jared Polis: Leave cannabis regulation to the states, President Trump

It turns out we are more the rule than the exception here in Colorado: A majority of Americans now live in an area that allows legal access to recreational or medical marijuana. You only have to look to the success of Colorado to see why the legalization of cannabis has occurred throughout the nation. Continue reading “Jared Polis: Leave cannabis regulation to the states, President Trump”

Former Big Pharma OxyContin CEO Now Selling Medical Cannabis

After 33 years of pushing legal drugs for the makers of the highly addictive narcotic painkiller OxyContin, the company’s former president and CEO, John Stewart, has decided to go into a kinder, gentler business—medical marijuana. Continue reading “Former Big Pharma OxyContin CEO Now Selling Medical Cannabis”